By April Murphy
Our beautiful sunshine state is a place that we can all be proud of and an area that encompasses people with an unselfish attitude. Even before the pandemic, Queenslanders from all walks of life repeatedly strived to help and educate those in need.
It is now the time to recognise who made the difference and broadcast their efforts for others to see with the 2021 Queensland Greats Awards.
The celebration recognises extraordinary Queenslanders who have made a long-term contribution to or whose achievements have significantly impacted the state’s history and development.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the award is a unique opportunity to celebrate exceptional Queensland individuals and institutions.
“Our Queensland Greats have shaped our State, exemplifying the resilient Queensland spirit and carving out impressive and lasting legacies,” the premier said.
There are three categories for nominations:
Individuals: for individuals who have made a long-term contribution to, or whose achievements have significantly impacted, the history and development of Queensland.
Institutions: for companies or organisations operating in Queensland, public or private, regardless of size or industry, have contributed to Queensland for a considerable period. This includes multi-national subsidiaries, partnerships, franchises, non-government associations, community organisations and registered charities.
Posthumous: to honour deceased individuals who have made a long-term contribution to, or whose achievements have significantly impacted, the history and development of Queensland
The Queensland Great Awards has been running since 2001 with one of the first recipients being Dr Robert Anderson – an Aboriginal Elder renowned for furthering and protecting workers’ rights and maintaining and promoting the reconciliation process.
“Since 2001, we have awarded a diverse cohort of Queenslanders, who have served their respective communities and industries while demonstrating perseverance, innovation and excellence,” says the premier.
This year is the first opportunity for the Queensland Greats Awards to recognise those who have supported communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thousands of Queenslanders have made an extraordinary contribution to our State during our battle with the coronavirus, including scientists, health workers, volunteers in our Care Army and manufacturers,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe, Associate Professor James Morton and Beth Taylor were amongst the recipients for last year’s awards.
“Denise and I were honoured and delighted to receive a Queensland Greats Award because contributing to our community and supporting other people is incredibly important to us,” Mr Morcombe said.
Nominations for the 2021 Queensland Greats Awards close at 5 pm, Friday 29 January 2021.
Recipients will be announced to coincide with Queensland Day on 6 June 2021 and honoured with commemorative plaques displayed at Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane.